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The Benefits of Carrying Cash

Most places accept credit and debit cards now, so a lot of people just carry a card to keep their wallet slim. Here are some benefits of having a stash of cash on you too:

  • It’ll be easier to barter on a purchase when you’re paying with cash.
  • Most ice cream trucks only take cash. Who doesn’t love ice cream?
  • Out on a date? You won’t be stuck when the restaurant’s credit card machine is down.
  • Tipping is a good way to show people you respect the work they do. Carrying cash will mean you won’t find yourself in the position where someone went out of their way to give you great service and you don’t have cash to tip them. Here’s a good guide to tipping.

I use a Saddleback leather wallet and highly recommend it for your cash-carrying needs.


“The Benefits Of” is a fun series pointing out some small and large ways that little things can benefit your life. You can read all of the Benefits Of posts here.

The Benefits of a Bag You Trust

My GORUCK GR1 goes nearly everywhere with me; it’s got my back. Here are a few benefits of owning a bag that you can depend upon:

  • It can be a pretty good pillow when you’re chilling in the park, napping in the sun
  • It holds the gear that can help you affect your situation. It’s the little things that can make a big impact on your travels, like a bandaid, lip-chap, or a pen when you really need it
  • It takes less thought to pick up and go somewhere, like the beach. Throw a couple things in your trusty bag and take off
  • You’re always prepared for an adventure. It should carry the things that can get you from here to anywhere you want to go
  • It’s a reminder you carry around that no matter how much you want to avoid it, there’s always someone or something you need to put your faith in to get by. You can’t do everything on your own

My ruck has broken in to fit me better over the last year and I feel better fit for adventure because of it.


“The Benefits Of” is a series that points out some small and large ways that little things can benefit your life. You can read all of the Benefits Of posts here.

The Benefits of Getting Up Early

Until recently, I haven’t been an early riser. I’d have a routine down to the minute and be able to prolong the time I spent in bed before rushing out the door and on to the rest of my day. I’ve learned to like getting up early so I can start my day doing things I enjoy. I get up at 7 and am into work around 10, giving me a solid chunk of time in the morning to do, well, whatever I want. Here are some of the benefits of rising early:

  • You can slow things down and find the moments in your routine that you want to be rituals
  • The earlier you get up usually the more tired you are at the end of the day, leading to a more sound sleep
  • You have more time to make fussy coffee
  • By doing things at the start of the day, you make them priority; everything else comes after
  • You can eat something better than Fruit Loops (I like oatmeal with blueberries)
  • Escape and be in a quiet, uninterrupted place1 free of notifications and distractions for enough time to appreciate how powerful it is.

Don’t worry about being sleepy. A nice cold shower will wake you up pretty quickly.


“The Benefits Of” is a fun series pointing out some small and large ways that little things can benefit your life. You can read all of the Benefits Of posts here.


  1. Unless you have kids. Then, well…Sorry. 

The Benefits of Fussy Coffee

It’s well understood that starting your morning with coffee is a great thing. Here are some benefits of making your coffee fussy by trashing your plain old coffee maker and can of Folgers and getting an Aeropress, grinder, and fresh beans:

  • First off, it just tastes so much better
  • You can slow down your morning just a little and make something great
  • Better coffee means you can—and should—drink it black; no need to go buy more cream
  • It only takes a little bit more time, but it’s a process you can enjoy
  • It helps you learn that it’s worth the extra time it takes to turn something good into something so much better

“The Benefits Of” is a fun series pointing out some small and large ways that little things can benefit your life. You can read all of the Benefits Of posts here.

The Benefits of Carrying a Pocket Knife

I carry a pocket knife—a Spyderco Tenacious, to be specific—with me wherever I go. (I also keep a Leatherman Wave in my bag.) Here are some benefits of always having a pocket knife with you:

  • To open all of those Amazon boxes that show up on your doorstep nearly every day
  • You get to feel just a little bit like your badass Grampa who carried a knife
  • You can pry off a beer bottle cap when you’ve forgotten an opener
  • Though you’ll probably never need to, you feel a little bit better armed against the big bad world
  • To McGuyver your way out of anything
  • Even when you don’t need it as a tool, carrying it is a small reminder that you’re prepared for whatever comes your way

“The Benefits Of” is a fun series pointing out some small and large ways that little things can benefit your life. You can read all of the Benefits Of posts here.